Our feature this week is artist Estela Cuadro. Estela wanted to give you an inside look into her entire creative process, so we are doing something a little different…a guest post! Read all about Estela from the artist herself.
Cuadro, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ll tell here some info about me.
When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music. It is generally not always the same. I like to use some incense. When I begin a new artwork I used to use an special cardboard that allows the pigments and water too react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely. The music always transpose me and my sensory part which takes me to an inside world – introspective. It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me. It constantly leads me to paint many of my paintings and I feel pleasure in that. I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.
I use lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young. Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results. I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details. If I had to pick a style for my art, it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art. My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.
The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself. I don´t try to tell stories in my artworks. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine ( with a text behind the artwork). There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation. I feel that it is important is to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art. I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures.
Each work is part of a sensory and emotional expression, for sure. I often think that the power of paint lets me express myself of many things that are somewhere in my head. For example, relevant situations, dreams, experiences and thoughts that I keep (in my mind), I need to express them in some way, and doing it on a canvas is a perfect idea for me!
When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork. My inspiration comes from music, books, a good wine, plants, dancing while I´m painting and my small garden.
The narrative of an artwork is not something important for me. I want to do art without thinking, without restrictions, like art is for me. I think that the style is generated, created as one grows as an artist. Plus experience and techniques, the papers, the canvas help form and then you feel comfortable (in that space).
I listen to many styles of music, I need that every day (to have a musical change). This change produces in me an energy and mobility different in my body. I like pianist’s music, jazz, rock, hip hop or ambiance. My musical panorama is very board. I try to constantly meet new artists and new bands that are emerging. I like to investigate the soundtracks of movies and series. Besides music, I love my studio, it is full of colors, pins, my favorite library and plants. I think the place (to create) is an important point when you are creating. I consider my atelier to be full of colors and visual incentives that help open your mind. I have a lot of travel objects, artist books and books from friends. Music for me is like my battery to start each day, but I love where I work. And another important point is that it has an incredible luminosity, overlooking a terrace where I have a small cottage and plants that I care much (for).
I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear. Every crisis is a new starting point and always the beginning of something new and not something that ends.